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Our new destination is Austria. The next few posts will be placed in this country but in different towns. This post is about Upper Austria and its capital city Linz.
The city of Linz
You probably wouldn’t find Linz as attractive for tourist as Vienna, but you could easily change your mind if you go there. On the first sight, you’ll probably think of Linz as a large, industrial oriented city – which basically it is. It is one of the main industrial centers in Austria, especially known for metal industry. Interesting thing is that Adolf Hitler has lived in Linz some part of his childhood, and during his political times he wanted to turn Linz into a capital of culture. Also, during the war, he strengthened the industry and economy of Linz.
When you walk around the Linz you can see beautiful old buildings with perfectly preserved details. There are so many old streets and historic centers. There’s a river Danube flowing through the Linz, and there is an old bridge connecting two shores of the city. That bridge was built by Hitler.
There is a beautiful St. Mary’s Cathedral which is known as the New Cathedral, and there’s the Old Cathedral known as the Church of Ignatius (Ignatiuskirche) – both of them are well preserved and breathtaking.
People and Culture
Linz is a really big city and it has manners of metropolis. People here are very pleasant if you refer to them, and they are always willing to help you. The city is not so crowded with tourists but we take that as a plus. Linz has a very vivid culture, there’s a place in town known as Donaulände – it’s a park placed by the Danube river where one of the most famous Austrian festival takes its place. We’re talking about Ars Electronica Festival, organized by Ars Electronica Center. This festival is about art, technology and society and it maintained for 3 decades.
Also, we managed to be in Linz during the 30th Linzer Pflasterspektakel. It’s the street art festival that involves the whole town, you can see performances at every corner and every street. Artists come from all over the world and this festival is sort of a trade mark of Linz.
We went to an exhibition in Center for Contemporary Art in Linz – OÖ Kulturquartier. The exhibition was a part of cultural manifestation Höhenrausch which happens annually and is based on a different theme. This year, the theme was “Andere Engel”, and it was all about angels – from angels in heaven to Victoria’s angels.
Linz has a very significant cinema culture. Beside the Cinestar, where all the movies are synchronized in German, there are two special cinemas that maintained showing movies in original – Moviemento and City-Kino. They came up with idea to build a few restaurants/cafes within the cinemas, so that people would watch a movie and then go there and discuss about it. Those cinemas also have their film festivals, such as Crossing Europe.
What we found interesting about this part of Austria is that people speak a bit different than in Germany. They have their own dialect, and if you’re not such a great German speaker, you’ll have trouble with understanding. They have their special greeting “Grüß Gott“ which we found very cute, and around noon, in time for lunch, they greet each other with “Mahlzeit” but they pronounce it with their dialect.
Austria has its delicious traditional food. When you visit Linz, you must try Leberkäse at Leberkas-Pepi. Leberkäse is a mixture of different sort of meat, finely grinded and baked in a bread pan. Leberkas-pepi is a brand of Leberkäse and is very popular in Linz and its surroundings.
If you visit Linz, you must go to k.u.k. Hofbäckerei. It is one of the oldest bakeries in Linz, it has been a baker house since 1570. The bakery still owns an old wooden facade, built in 1889, and it is one of the most beautiful facades in Linz. Inside, there are also wooden parts on the walls and it is very traditionally decorated. When you go there, you must try traditional Linzer tart “Linzerschnitte” and “Sachertorte”. We recommend you to visit Instagram page @b_hungry_in_linz where you can find a lot of various restaurants and cafes, and depends on what you wanna eat, you can deside where to go.
Linz definitely has its charm, and we honestly recommend you to visit it. Especially in winter, during the Christmas time; there are a lot of markets to see, a lot of food to try and a lot of cultural events to attend. After all, Austria isn’t just about Vienna.